Bearded Dragon care and Breeding
When it comes to Bearded Dragon care and breeding, these lizards can breed very well in captivity without any complications, but the bet is that you have to provide it with proper enclosure and diet. Bearded Dragons are lizards from Australia, from Australia they are exported worldwide and are breeding quite successfully if provided with proper enclosure.
If one wants to do breeding then identifying the gender of your Breaded Dragon in a young age is very difficult as their anal pores are not very obvious and all babies’ looks almost the same, it’s hard to differentiate which is the male and which is the female. Physically one can identify a male and female by the body shape. Male Bearded Dragons have a larger size, broader head and their throat (beard) is also larger as compared to females. A male Bearded Dragons will have anal pores on their downside and also hemipenal bulging which is not found in females.
Selecting the breeding pair:
For breeding, the owner must select a healthy breeding pair. If the owner has a male Bearded Dragon and just bought a female, then first the owner must keep them under supervision in case a fight breaks out. At first the male will move around the female and then will climb on its back and will hold the neck with its mouth and then will start mating.
After mating the owner can separate the male and female. The female must have a damp substrate in their enclosure so that she can lay eggs by digging through the substrate. A female Bearded Dragon can lay 25 eggs in a single clutch and for a time period of several months can lay 6 clutches. The laying process will take 3 months. During the laying process the owner should keep the substrate damp and should feed the female with good diet sprinkled with calcium supplement as she will need it for her health.
Bearded Dragons can hatch easily in an enclosure if provided with the proper environment, but the owner can incubate the eggs too. You can find incubator boxes for reptiles on different pet stores and also online. The owner has to pick all the eggs with the help of a spoon and then put them in the container which should be full of Vermiculite substrate and the temperature should be 29C to 32C with 50% humidity in the air. Within the course of 65 to 80 days the eggs will hatch.
Once the babies are hatched they should be introduced to the enclosure without any substrate in the flooring, paper towels or newspapers should only be used. An owner should not touch the babies until they are two months old, their enclosure should be bigger so that they have plenty of space to exercise. The owner can feed the babies thrice in a day. During Bearded dragon care and breeding, the Bearded dragon breeding season the owner must pay immense attention to both the male and female and must keep a close eye on the enclosure for maintaining temperature and also providing the breeding pair with an excellent diet.